The first Baja car created by students at OU in about 10 years was given the name Leeroy (as in Leeroy Jenkins) due to the fact that this was very much a “learn as you go” process. Despite not having experience in designing and building an off-road vehicle, the team did their jobs quickly and effectively, allowing the car to be tested for the first time at the testing grounds on January 23, 2010.

Several team members traveled to the Wisconsin event in 2009 to take pictures and talk to other teams, and were able to sit down together and discuss goals and vehicle concepts early in the season so that there was a clear concept in everyone’s minds as the design and build stages commenced.

Traveling to Western Washington in 2010, the team had a mid-range car that was capable of winning them the title of “Rookie of the Year” which brought pride to everyone involved, including the university. From this vehicle onward, the team has made steady improvements: showing that it is possible for a very young team with limited resources to be successful.

Vehicle Design

Weight: 500+ lb (227+ kg)
Suspension: Kawasaki SLA front & Swingarm rear
Brakes: Go-cart disc brakes
Steering: Rack & Pinion
Drivetrain: Comet CVT, chain inside swing arm
Engine: Briggs & Stratton, 10 hp
Electronics: Kill Switch
Body: Aluminum Sheeting
Special: First car

Competition Results

Competition: Washington

Overall: 71
Cost: 44
Presentation: 66
Design: 60
Acceleration: 54
Maneuverability: 40
Hill Climb: 43
Rock Crawl: 67
Endurance: 78